Remember the wonderful multiples created by Stuart Devlin? Friday, Jul 19 2019 

These three were purchased at auction by our client who requested we repair and clean them. It became obvious to us that the 1960s packaging (where they had sat all these years) was toxic and had enabled the corrosion and the patina to decay. Each object was dismantled, cleaned by chemical, washed multiple times all by  hand and reassembled. His wikipedia link.


An old friend from 1999 back for a resize and setting check Friday, Jun 9 2017 

One of Barbara’s early sculpted rings back for its second ever maintenance check . . . Trish noted that she has worn a different pair of Bh earrings, every day for the past 21 days to work. That’s the feedback we adore! 18ct yellow gold with champagne diamonds and the most fantastic large cognac diamond, centrally set.

Sometimes, conservation-wise less is more Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

With this centenary of WW1 many public orientated organisations are presenting mementoes of service. A group of nurses from the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital – (Museum of Nurses History) . . . called the studio seeking assistance with objects in their care. This wonderful steel chatelaine has an intimate story but also shows surface breakdown due to rust and the previous storage environment. We suggested minimal intervention, first a scalpel was used to cut away the surface growth and burnish away the rust then brass brushing, cleaning with gum turpentine + olive oil and hand rubbing to bring up the patination. To be collected today and into their display tomorrow . . .


We repaired the Honeywill’s ‘hausgeister’ recently and this is the installation update photograph, just received Thursday, Apr 17 2014 


This unit is from our sold out, first show at Artisan where we showed ‘Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance” in 2010. Regarding these small spirit guards that we have been asked to make on numerous occasions, the key as we understand it, is to place a mirror within the small architectural device. Spirits, we are told are such curious fellows and can’t resist a small interesting shelter but when one of them sees himself reflected in the mirror, he is sure to behold an ugly terrifying image and quickly goes elsewhere – thus rendering the abode safe and sound. Russian and German folklore is full of such stories that stray into the supernatural but we don’t believe in ghosts, do we?

The vet report on little ronE – his three year review and shots to enter Tasmania Thursday, Dec 19 2013 

Late afternoon shot in the studio . . . “We are amazed that he’s three already, with what was going on with him as a puppy. No one was too sure he would make it to adulthood – such a maniac for chewing and swallowing everything. Accident prone: tick, hip displacement, busted claw, two surgeries to remove foreign objects from his gut . . . Now he is in fantastic condition and has developed into a fine dog, he’s super fit and certainly not overweight. Extremely affectionate and gentle. After everything we have done to him he’s still excited to see us and enter the surgery.  Love you ronE – well done to Barb and Mal” – Wilston Vet on Newmarket Road.

19thC ‘gothic’ jug with staple repairs joins the urban_archaeology collection Monday, Mar 21 2011 

Another Tasmanian find from Warwick Oakman’s shop in Sandy Bay Road, Hobart. Now this is the stage that collecting becomes interesting – where will this piece eventually belong? In Tasmania with the growing ‘jug collection’ or in Brisbane with the other ‘china repairs’ collection. Well for the minute it resides in Brisbane while the photos are taken and this blog post is created. The potters mark on the base is in red underglaze; W with the numerals 8578, this shows it was manufactured at the Waterloo Works in Lower Charles Street, Hanley. The pewter lid is stamped T. Booth Hanley with a bright Britannia symbol – this is the give-away. Thomas Booth & Sons, Stoke-on-Trent Potters, Hanley 1872–1879. I’ve also sent pics to Andrew Baseman in NYC. Any one able to add further details please? The figures inside the 6 arches are all female and all different. Barbara thinks it shows the three graces (twice). Obviously well loved and repaired with staples, some doubled in the shape of a cross.